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Sipping coffee on the top deck of our boat, watching the sun rise over the soul-stirring scenery of Lan Ha Bay. Strolling through the traditional villages of Mai Chau, a rural wonderland of terraced rice paddies, palm groves and forested hills.

Summary

Travelling from high-energy cities to sleepy backwaters, ancient citadels to karst-dotted bays, our small-group Vietnam tours showcase everything that we love about this country. You’ll explore Hanoi’s labyrinthine Old Quarter and Ho Chi Minh City’s Parisian-style boulevards. You’ll help out on a rural farm and enjoy lunch with locals. You’ll sip salt coffee and sample rice paper snacks. And you’ll sail the serene waters of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay on an unforgettable 2-night cruise. Welcome to Vietnam…

Your holiday includes:

22 excursions and visits

  • City tours of Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi
  • Craft brewery visit and tasting
  • Visit Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Saigon River dinner cruise
  • Mekong River cruise and Cai Be floating market
  • Walking tours of Hoi An (with tea house visit), Mai Chau’s White Thai villages, and Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Tra Que village visit and cooking class
  • My Son temple tour
  • Rice paper workshop
  • Cyclo journey through Hue with a salt coffee
  • Meet-and-greet at a former royal residence
  • Traditional tea ceremony
  • Water puppet show
  • Two-night Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay cruise, including boat trips to Light and Dark Water Cave and Lan Ha Bay’s islets and villages, cycle trip to a Cat Ba National Park village, and visit to the Army Hospital Cave

Plus:

  • 12 nights in hotels, 2 nights cruise on Calypso Cruises and 2 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Vietnam Airlines from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 32 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 3-16) 9 lunches (days 3-6, 8, 11-12 and 14-15) 9 dinners (days 2-4, 6, 8, 11-12 and 14-15)

Plus

  • Souvenir reusable water bottle
  • Early check-in on day 2 and late check-out/day room on day 16
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Local Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound2

    Day 1 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

    In flight


  • day 2

    Ho Chi Minh City

    While not the capital city of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is the pulsing economic heart of the southern region - and it acts like it. Vibrating with energy (and traffic) this city is chaotically charming. Nothing will wake you up after a long overnight flight like this freewheeling city.

    We touch down early this morning and transfer straight to our hotel, where an early check in means we can drop our bags and freshen up before heading out. Our Vietnam holidays kick off with a guided tour of this bustling city, formerly known as Saigon.

    We first head to the former Presidential Palace. This landmark is now a museum of meeting rooms and reception rooms, the president’s living quarters, and a fascinating war room and telecommunications centre. We then take a stroll to the major colonial sights of the city, including the Opera House and the Old Saigon Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel.

    We wrap the day up with a tasting at a local craft brewery. We’ll sip specially selected beers while expert brewers talk us through the flavours and unique brewing process.

    • City tour of Ho Chi Minh City (afternoon)
    • Craft brewery visit and tasting (evening)

    Mai House Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City (5-star)


  • day 3

    Ho Chi Minh City

    We leave the old capital behind, and drive through scenes of rice paddies and villagers drying noodles by the roadside as we head to the Cu Chi district. The famous Cu Chi Tunnels are an incredible underground network, constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars to house troops, transport and supplies.

    Our visit highlights what life was like as a communist guerrilla, seeing living quarters and typical meals, and rifles, booby traps and command centres.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, we return to our hotel for some time at leisure. This evening we take in views of the city as we enjoy a dinner cruise on a traditional junk boat on the Saigon River.

    • Visit Cu Chi Tunnels (morning)
    • Saigon River dinner cruise (evening)

    Mai House Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City (5-star)


  • day 4

    Cai Be

    We depart for Cai Be, on the Mekong Delta. This town relies on the network of rivers and canals to produce rice, as well as using it as a highway for vessels distributing agricultural products. On our cruise, we’ll stop at Tan Phong Island, where we take a smaller rowing boat through the canals.

    Our main boat trip continues, to visit a preserved ‘Mandarin’ house, built centuries ago and to see the local trading boats and home factories that produce rice paste, rice popcorn and coconut candy.

    We continue along meandering tributaries to a colonial-style villa.

    • Mekong River cruise and Cai Be floating market (morning)

    Mekong Riverside Resort, Cai Be (4-star)


  • vet day 5

    Danang - Hoi An

    A quick flight up the coast takes us to Danang. From here, we’ll head to our hotel in Hoi An.

    Little Hoi An leaves a big impression on the hearts of its visitors. The ancient old town centre is dominated by a colourful market with pretty lanterns, traditional Chinese shop fronts and a 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge.

    On our walking tour, we’ll visit former merchants’ houses, a Chinese communal hall, the market and the beautiful bridge. We’ll pause for a freshly brewed cuppa at Reaching Out, a traditional tea house in the heart of Hoi An that helps to provide opportunities for locals with speech and hearing impairments.

    • Walking tour of Hoi An with tea house visit (afternoon)

    La Siesta Hoi An Resort (4.5-star)


  • vet day 6

    Hoi An

    This morning we’ll learn about rural life in the nearby village of Tra Que. We visit a farm and help the farmers prepare the land, fertilising it with seaweed, raking, sowing and picking greens. Afterwards, relax with a herbal foot bath and massage. Before we sit down for lunch, we’ll learn how to prepare tam huu - paperless spring rolls - with a local family, before sampling this irresistible delicacy. The afternoon is at leisure back in Hoi An.

    • Tra Que village visit and cooking class (morning)

    La Siesta Hoi An Resort (4.5-star)


  • vet day 7

    My Son - Hue

    This morning, we’ll venture to My Son, the former capital and religious centre of the Champa Kingdom. My Son’s skyline is shaped by dozens of red-brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. We’ll tour the temples and get an insight into Cham culture.

    Afterwards, we’ll stop by a rice paper workshop in a quiet rural setting. Rice paper is used to make delicious snacks like crisps and filled rolls - we’ll learn how to make some before sitting down with our friendly hosts to enjoy our creations, washed down with a cup of strong, sweet Vietnamese coffee.

    On our way to Hue, we’ll drive via the Hai Van Pass (the ‘Pass of Ocean Clouds’), a spectacularly scenic mountain pass with views of forest-cloaked peaks and blue-green sea.

    • My Son temple tour (morning)
    • Rice paper workshop (morning)

    Indochine Palace, Hue (5-star)


  • vet day 8

    Hue

    We’ll immerse ourselves into Hue’s hustle and bustle with a cyclo (three-wheeled bike taxi) ride through the city’s streets this morning, making our way to the Imperial Citadel. Taking a break, we’ll call in at a local coffee shop for a salt coffee (rich coffee with salty cream) - surprisingly delicious, it’s something of a speciality here in Hue.

    After lunch, we’ll visit the Mausoleum of Tu Duc. The tomb was used as a palace retreat before becoming the Emperors’ resting place. We also visit Tu Hieu Pagoda, a serene Buddhist haven which still shelters 70 monks, before calling in at Tha Om Garden House, an old royal residence, where owner Mr Vinh will share stories of his royal heritage.

    Dinner is another highlight today - we’ll feast on authentic dishes once enjoyed by Hue’s royalty.

    • Cyclo journey through Hue with a salt coffee (morning)
    • City tour including Imperial Citadel, Mausoleum of Tu Doc & Tu Hieu Pagoda (morning/afternoon)
    • Meet-and-greet at a former royal residence (afternoon)

    Indochine Palace, Hue (5-star)


  • vet day 9 10

    Hanoi

    We transfer to the airport for our flight to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. On a city tour, we’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and learn more about the man who led Vietnam’s campaign for independence from France; see the One Pillar Pagoda, which dates back to the 11th century; and stop by the ancient Temple of Literature.

    We’ll then take it easy at one of Hanoi’s best tea houses - the owner is a former winner of the Tea Master Cup competition and travels to plantations across the country to find the highest-quality tea (if we’re lucky, he’ll be there to talk us through his favourites in person). We’ll watch a traditional green tea preparation ceremony, and learn more about tea and tea-drinking habits in Vietnam.

    The following day is at leisure to explore Hanoi under your own steam.

    • City tour of Hanoi (afternoon day 9)
    • Traditional tea ceremony (afternoon day 9)

    Le Jardin Hotel, Hanoi (4-star)


  • vet day 11

    Mai Chau

    We drive deep into northern Vietnam today, where winding roads carve through lush foliage and hug forested hillsides. There’s time to relax at our ecolodge, with its views of patchwork rice paddies and moss-green mountains, before we enjoy dinner, rice wine and a traditional dance performance.

    Mai Chau Ecolodge (4-star)


  • vet day 12

    Mai Chau

    Dotted throughout the Mai Chau region are traditional Thai villages of stilted houses. Strolling through the tranquil countryside, we’ll chat with local families and hear about the life, culture and traditions of Vietnam’s White Thai ethnic minority (distantly related to tribes from Thailand, Laos and China).

    You can also tour local rice fields, learning a little about the time-honoured methods still used to grow and harvest the rice today. Or, if you prefer, you can relax back at the lodge - take a dip in the palm-fringed pool or enjoy a drink with a view on the bar’s bamboo balcony.

    • Walking tour of Mai Chau’s White Thai villages (all day)

    Mai Chau Ecolodge (4-star)


  • vet day 13

    Hanoi

    We’ll head back to Hanoi today. An afternoon walking tour of the Old Quarter - a bustling area of narrow streets and alleys - takes us to Dong Xuan indoor market, where stalls are piled high with fresh produce, handmade souvenirs, clothes and accessories. We’ll finish the day at a water puppet show. This art form, unique to northern Vietnam, depicts scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

    • Walking tour of Hanoi Old Quarter (afternoon)
    • Water puppet show (evening)

    Le Jardin Hotel, Hanoi (4-star)


  • day 14

    Day 14 - Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay

    The next few days will put a big tick on your travel wishlist - holidays to Vietnam wouldn't be complete without a trip to Halong Bay. We make our way to Got Harbour, where we board a modern yet traditional ship for a 2-night cruise.

    Once you’re settled on board, take a seat on the sun deck and take in the amazing views as we sail through Halong Bay and onto Lan Ha Bay, our small ship dwarfed by the forest-clad limestone karsts towering from the water.

    We’ll stop to explore Light and Dark Water Cave, where you can paddle around by kayak or sit back on a bamboo boat and let someone else do the hard work.

    Back on board, take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration, watch sunset with a chilled drink or perhaps try your hand at squid fishing.

    • 2-night Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay cruise, including boat trip to Light and Dark Water Cave (afternoon/evening)

    Indochina Sails (4-star)

  • vet day 15

    Day 15 - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Island

    Set your alarm to enjoy sunrise over the bay and tai chi on the sun deck. Today we’ll take a smaller boat to explore Lan Ha Bay’s islets, hidden beaches and peaceful villages.

    We’ll cycle 5km to a small village shrouded in verdant jungle and surrounded by the mountains of Cat Ba National Park. We’ll then enjoy lunch and kayaking in peaceful Van Boi, before swimming off beautiful Ba Trai Dao (‘Three Peaches’) Beach.

    Back on the ship, enjoy another beautiful sunset and (if the skies are clear) a spot of stargazing.

    • 2-night Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay cruise, including boat trip to Lan Ha Bay’s islets and villages, and cycle trip to a Cat Ba National Park village (all day)

    Indochina Sails (4-star)

  • vet day 16

    Day 16 Cat Ba Island - Hanoi - In flight

    Today might be the last day of our tour of Vietnam, but it’s still packed full of incredible experiences. Savour the silence up on deck with an early morning coffee, before we arrive on Cat Ba Island to visit Army Hospital Cave, used as a secret hospital and army hideout during the American War.

    We’ll tuck into lunch back on the boat, before disembarking and returning to Hanoi where we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon. We don’t leave for the airport until later, so you’ll have a day room at our hotel here to allow you to relax and freshen up ready for the flight home.

    Late evening, we depart for the airport and your return flight to the UK.

    • 2-night Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay cruise, including visit to the Army Hospital Cave (morning)

    In flight


  • VIP Inbound 2

    Day 17 UK

    Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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